‘Pirate Captain’ McCutchen’s career reached 2,000 hits… First hit against the Mets → Great record against the Mets 14 years later

Pittsburgh Pirates legend Andrew McCutchen recorded 2,000 hits in his career.

McCutchen started as the designated hitter in the 2023 major league match against the New York Mets held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA on the 12th (Korean time) and recorded 1 hit, 1 walk and 1 strikeout in 3 at-bats.메이저놀이터

McCutchen came out as the lead batter in the bottom of the first inning and hit Carlos Carrasco’s 85.8 mph (approximately 138 km/h) slider driven to the center in a 1B1S situation and made a hit that landed in front of the left fielder. With this hit, he stepped on the 2000 hit mark in his career.

McCutchen reached 2000 hits for the 291st of his major league career. There are only five active players with 2,000 hits. McCutchen stood shoulder to shoulder with Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers), Nelson Cruz (San Diego Padres), Joey Votto (Cincinnati Reds), and Elvis Andrews (Chicago White Sox).

After the game, McCutchen said, “I wanted to achieve it here in Pittsburgh, and I’m glad I was able to achieve it here. It’s a special moment.”

McCutchen was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 11th overall pick in the 1st round of the 2005 draft. He first stepped on the big league stage in 2009 and played for Pittsburgh until the 2017 season. He moved to the San Francisco Giants through a trade ahead of the 2018 season, and after going through the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, and Milwaukee Brewers, signed a one-year, five million dollar (approximately 6.4 billion won) contract with Pittsburgh ahead of this season.

McCutchen has played in 57 games this season, recording 52 hits, 8 homers, 23 RBIs, 52 points, 7 steals, and a batting average of 0.265 OPS of 0.804. His career records are 2000 hits, 295 home runs, 1025 RBIs, 1149 runs scored, 212 stolen bases, 0.277 OPS in 1952 games.

McCutchen got his first major league hit on June 5, 2009 at PNC Park against the Mets. And 14 years later, on June 12, against the Mets, who met at PNC Park, he built a career-high 2,000 hits.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh was pulled with a one-run homer to Jeff McNeil in the top of the fourth inning, but tied the game with Jack Swinsky’s one-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. After Bae Ji-hwan hit a double, he advanced to third base with Carrasco’s wild throw. Tucupita Macano’s timely hit broke out and succeeded in reversing. Neither team scored after that, and Pittsburgh won 2-1.

Pittsburgh maintained first place in the National League Central Division with a record of 33 wins and 30 losses. From the 14th, we will play three consecutive matches against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

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